When people discuss the successes of stars such as Brenda Fassie, Vuyo Mokoena, Rebecca Malope, Pure Magic and Winnie Khumalo they forget to remember that he is the architect of it all.
Mokoena and Sizwe Zakho discovered Malope during the ‘80s talent search competition, Shell Road To Fame and turned her into the platinum selling superstar she is today.
While Bapsy Mlangeni and Hendrick Koloi Leboka discovered Brenda Fassie and brought her to Johannesburg from Cape Town, Mokoena proudly declares that he and Chicco Sello Twala worked together to revive the late musician’s career. The result was the chart-topping Vulindlela hit in 1998.
Mokoena’s musical journey has been a long winding road, filled with ups and downs. But his passion to nurture future stars has kept him going. Showbiz caught up with the famed producer in Tlokweng recently.
In 1987 Mokoena and Sizwe Zakho had a band that entertained audiences between breaks at the Shell Road To Fame competitions and one of the judges, Clive Hardwick quickly recognised their brilliance. “One day Clive said to us you guys are magic and that was so inspiring. That was how Pure Magic was born,” he said.